Monday, September 27, 2010
The Breakfast Club – 25 Years Later
Last Monday, 9/20/2010, cast members of the original movie The Breakfast Club attended a 25th anniversary screening of that classic landmark movie.
I was 16 when that movie came out, and it changed my life – the little bit of it that I’d lived up till then – because I felt that someone had accurately captured what it meant to be a teenager.
That "someone" was the late writer and director of that movie, and several others within the genre, John Hughes.
While I could relate to each of the characters, I only aspired to one and that was John Bender – “The Rebel” portrayed by Judd Nelson. While I thought he was so cool, I knew that I could never be that persona – I was more like the character of Brian Johnson – “The Brain” portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall only I had worse grades.
I wanted to be the bad boy, since that was the guy that every girl seemed to want to date and hang out with for some reason. I just didn’t have his “screw you” attitude; I simply cared too much about what my teachers thought of me. So much so, that I was voted “teacher’s pet” my senior year – how pathetic is that. So during high school, I guess I was a reluctant Brain with bad-behavioral aspirations. Curse those teachers for being so good at their jobs!!!
Anyway back to the movie, the two characters that just annoyed the heck out of me then and now were the characters of Andy Clark – “The Jock” and Claire Standish – “The Prom Queen” which were played by Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald respectively. I couldn’t stand either of their incessant whining and two-dimensional charactitures. The sad thing is that I’ve continued to see the same two-dimensional personas posing in the hallways everywhere I’ve worked since.
Over the years, I’ve strived to continue to grew into my own skin and personality – which is now probably closest to the character of Allison Reynolds – “The Recluse” played by Ally Sheedy, albeit without the dandruff on the drawing or scary mascara job. Regardless, I guess she would be the character that I most relate to now.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic movie, please join me in taking the survey I’ve posted alongside the right hand rail of this blog page and let us know which character did you most relate to when you first saw the Breakfast Club???